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A Culinary Revival in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Festive Holiday Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

The holidays are one of the most popular times of the year to visit Vancouver Island, whether it be to spend the holidays with family or simply reconnect with nature. From big cities to small towns, communities come alive with festivities and dazzling light displays. If you’re visiting Vancouver Island this month, here are a

A Weekend Escape To SookePointe Ocean Cottage Resort

There’s something magical about Sooke. Located south of Victoria on the west coast, this rocky outcrop feels like you’ve been transported to another world. Secluded coves reveal a different shade of the ocean’s hue, from inky blue to emerald green, while black oystercatchers, seagulls and seals bob aimlessly in the water. Wind-whipped arbutus trees perch

Going Underground With Horne Lake Caves Wet ‘n’ Wild Tour

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a geographer at heart, or family looking for a unique and fun experience, a trip to Horne Lake Caves should be a must-stop on your Island itinerary. I visited the caves for my very first time in November 2018 and can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner. Getting to Horne

A Guide to Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Sidney, BC

For many Islanders, Sidney’s reputation exists in relation to its proximity to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (which connects Vancouver Island to the mainland); it’s the last stop before you reach the ferry terminal. What you don’t see from the highway is a seaside community that extends beyond streets dotted with boutique stores and bookstores

A Winter Retreat at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

Parksville is synonymous with beaches. In the summer, families and beach lovers flock to its wide sandy shores to soak up every last ray of sun. But while many think of visiting only in summer, a cozy winter retreat at the edge of the ocean—when the crowds have died down—can be especially appealing. Sunrise Ridge

I-Hos Gallery: An Immersive First Nation’s Experience In The Comox Valley

Hok Hok Cedar Panel – Karver Everson Vancouver Island is well-known for its rich abundance of ancient forests, rugged coastlines, access to recreation, and deeply-rooted First Nations culture. For those visiting the Comox Valley, no visit is complete without a trip to the I-Hos Gallery, located along Comox Road just a few minutes west of

Three Day Central Vancouver Island Getaway

Located at the heart of the Island, Central Vancouver Island boasts over a dozen beautiful and unique communities all just a short drive from one another. From the slow food movements of the Cowichan Valley to the quirky culture of Coombs and everything in between, a three-day escape to Vancouver Island is guaranteed to be

7 Food & Drink Festivals for Harvest on Vancouver Island

Updated January 2019 In a shaded rainforest, a seasoned forager spots curled edges of the delicate chanterelle; amid the wafting smells of brewing yeast, a brewmaster sifts his hands through a bag of barley; the last of the summer sun beating on their shoulders, local growers gather the grain and gourds that mark the start

Filberg Festival 2018 – A visual guide of what’s to come

Filberg Festival 2018 – Comox, BC August 3-6, 2018 The iconic Filberg Heritage Park is ready to welcome over 130 talented artisans and makers of fine art to transform the park into Western Canada’s largest outdoor juried arts show. Setup begins – Artisans from all over Canada getting ready for the 36th annual Filberg Festival